Tuesday, July 31, 2012

2012 Olympian: Fionnuala Britton

Irishwoman Fionnuala Britton, 27, has been on a tear over the last eighteen months, setting PBs at 1500, 3000, 5000, and 10.000, with a PB in her former speciality, the steeplechase, just last summer. Long a strong cross country runner, she also broke out in that discipline by becoming the European Champion in December. Earlier this season she placed fourth in the 10.000m at the European Championships. Britton is part of a delegation of twenty-three Irish athletes to take to the track in London.

Women’s 10,000m – FINAL = Friday, August 3rd, 16:25 EST Read the full article

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Monday, July 30, 2012

2012 Olympian: Matt Tegenkamp

Missouri-born Matt Tegenkamp, 30, has shown the ability to be a contender in global finals, time and again. He is just the fourth American to dip under 13:00 for 5000m and currently holds the National Record at 2-miles, as the fifth-fastest performer of all-time. Internationally, he grabbed bronze at the World Cup in 2006 (5000m) and the World Athletics Final in 2008 (3000m). And, at the highest level, he was oh-so-close in Osaka, missing third place at the 2007 World Championships by just three-hundredths of a second. He goes to London in the 10,000m after getting his feet wet in the event in Daegu, last summer.

Men’s 10,000m – FINAL = Saturday, August 4th, 16:15 EST Read the full article

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Heath Clocks 3000m PB in Dublin

On Wednesday, Elliott Heath notched a five-second personal best in the 3000 metres at the Morton Games in Dublin. His time of 7:45.26 slashed almost five seconds off his previous best of 7:50, a time set indoors earlier this year.

The 7:45 performance placed Heath second in the race behind Ben True and nine-ticks ahead of top American Bobby Curtis, and continues a string of summer-circuit personal bests for the Stanford grad: Heath ran 3:58.48 in Cork and  3:40.17 in Ninove, Belgium, earlier in July. Also, Wednesday’s performance stands as a massive improvement over the Minnesota native’s previous best for the outdoor 3000m, a mark of 8:09 from 2010. Now, each of Heath’s lifetime bests from 800m to 10,000m have come in 2011 or 2012… suggesting that continued improvement lies ahead.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Jager Shatters American Record in Steeple

In just his fifth time racing the event, Evan Jager took two seconds off of Dan Lincoln’s American Record in the steeplechase, running 8:06.81 in Monaco. Maybe equally as impressive, Jager also placed third in what was his first steeple in a Diamond League event — the highest level of the sport. (To wit: last year in Monaco, the steeplechase was won in a time just 0.01 seconds off of the world record.)

The newly-converted steeplechaser from Portland won the record on the back of a patient race plan that saw him move up steadily from the back of a big lead pack of Kenyans. A final 800m of 2:07 (splits of 64 seconds and 63 seconds for the final laps) put him under the old mark and into the history books. Now, Jager will go to London as the 9th-fastest steepler in the world in 2012. However, with countries limited to a maximum of three entrants, Read the full article

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